Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Politics_Reread China's anti Secession Law

When China's National People's Congress passed the anti-secession law in the middle of March(Chinese version and English version) , people's attention were drawn to the article 8 and 9, both of which talking about the possibility of the war between Taiwan and mainland. But it has become clear that the article 7 on the peaceful negotiation between both parties are the most important message transferring from mainland to Taiwan, which possibly leaded to the 8-day trip of Lien Chan, the Chairman of Kuo Min Tang, to the mainland starting from today.

In the article 7, it says that the consultations and negotiations towards reunification may be conducted in steps and phases and with flexible and varied modalities, which is unique in the usually strict laws in China. The words "in steps and phases", "flexible" and "varied" shows that Chinese Communist Party is willing to negotiate with Taiwan in a large scope, without forcing it followiing a fixed schedule.

Article 7 also said about the six issues in the negotiation, including "officially ending the state of hostility between the two sides", "mapping out the development of cross-Straits relations", "steps and arrangements for peaceful national reunification", "the political status of the Taiwan authorities", "the Taiwan region's room of international operation that is compatible with its status" and other matters concerning the achievement of peaceful national reunification. Though time is limited for Lien to fix all issues in this trip, the three books as presents from KMT to CCP may try to explain KMT's idea in a more vivid way. The books include(in Chinese) a book on Taiwai's history written by Lien's grandfather, another named "Hope only after change" written by lien himself and a new one named "Lien's 2005 trip to mainland". The second one gave a clear idea about Lien and KMT's point towards reunification.

Lien asked for the possibility to re-negotiate shortly after the pass of anti secession law. In March 15, one day after the pass of anti-secession law, Lien said(in Chinese) that Taiwan and mainland must go back to the status of "no independancy, no war" with the gradual solution in the peaceful time from 30 years to 50 years.

Chinese media praised highly on Lien's trip, remaining me wonder if Lien's books will be published in mainland in the near future.


shulan said...

That might be good news. As I understood it, one of the biggest problems for negotiations is that Taiwans leadership requests an equal status approved by the CCP ledership befor starting negotiations. CCP on the other hand sees Taiwanese leadership as something like a provincial government thus inferior in status. Do you think the law points out that the CCP could have become a little more flexible on that, giving the Taiwanese the possibility to move themselves?

Amy or koala said...

Yes, shulan, you are right. I think someone should come up with smart ideas on how to solve the fundamental difference between each other. That's the word "flexibility" means.

I would like to raise the example of Hong Kong on the risk that many people will oppose me. But I don't think the CCP leaders were willing to see one of the nation's city with on-street protesting and criticizing stories. But now, they could bear that.